ERIC Number: ED220160
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-May
Reference Count: 0
A Profile Study of Students Entering Career/Technical Programs in the British Columbia Community Colleges and Institutes: Technical Report #5-04-982.
Dennison, John D.; And Others
In 1981, a study was conducted to explore the characteristics of students enrolled in career-technical programs in the community colleges and technical institutes of British Columbia. The first phase of a longitudinal look at these students, the study investigated demographic characteristics; educational, experience, and employment backgrounds; educational objectives; and immediate and long-range career and educational goals. Data sheets were distributed to students entering all career technical programs; 65% of the target population at the colleges and 46% at the technical institutes responded. Findings include the following: (1) the majority of the students were female, and at least 50% were over 25 years of age and enrolled part-time; (2) the educational and career levels of the students' parents were above the provincial average; (3) 10% of the students held bachelor's degrees while an additional 30% had undertaken some postsecondary study; (4) over 66% of the students indicated that their work experience related to their educational program; (5) students over 25 years of age reported enrolling to improve skills, while college-age students sought credentials; (6) "close to home" and "institutional reputation" were the most frequently cited reasons for enrolling in a particular institution; and (7) over 90% indicated that further education was included in their future plans. The study report compares results from the colleges and technical institutes. (KL)
Descriptors: Adult Students, Community Colleges, Education Work Relationship, Educational Background, Employment Experience, Family Characteristics, Females, Lifelong Learning, Males, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Technical Education, Technical Institutes, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Academic Council of British Columbia, Victoria.; British Columbia Dept. of Education, Victoria. Program Services Div.
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Research Council, Vancouver.
Identifiers: British Columbia
Note: For a related document, see JC 820 416.